Experienced bullying on their way past races for other victories

WASHINGTON – Taijuan Walker stood by Juan Soto after finishing his exit during a collision at three bases that the Washington Nationals slugger thought was more violent than needed.

Walker and Mets are punishing NL East.

Walker pitched seven innings of no-fuss, scoreless ball, and the Mets remained unbeaten in 10 series this season, cruising over the sloppy Nationals, 4-1, Thursday.

Walker, a burly right-hand man, tagged Soto in third behind the nation ‘best hitter as a baserunning gaffe, turning himself into a rundown after Josh Bell hit a grounder to the left. Soto slipped into Walker’s forearm a few feet in front of the bag and argued over the phone, but Walker already had the ball when Soto reached there.

“It was amazing. I was a little angry because it was a river and I did not think it would slide into me, “Walker said. I’m not happy about it. “

After tagging Soto, Walker threw wildly to the second base, and right fielder Starling Marte threw back to third to look at the Bell and end the Nationals’ best time to rally.

“Things like that, when we are after that, the decisions are not good,” said Washington President Dave Martinez. “We have to make better decisions.”

Mark Canha went 3 to 4 with a homer and three RBI for first place in the Mets, leading two of the third from the national finish. The Mets have won nine series and split one, and have not lost two straight games in a single month.

“We have a hitter of the day. We give the prize when we come in, “Canha said.” Today it’s me, and then, the cool thing about this team is, I feel like, I’m sure every beat can win. win prizes at some point this year. … Some have always been heroes, and that’s the best of the year. “

Walker (1-0) allowed three hits, walked one and threw 85 pitches in the longest of his four starts this season, which was affected by a stint in the injury list with right shoulder bursitis.

Seth Lugo hit two in the eighth and Edwin Díaz allowed Soto a two-out homer in the ninth before retiring Bell to finish fourth-hitter.

Soto said he was offended by the previous game, which came after he opened the fourth inning with a double on the wall on the right.

“I was just caught in the middle of nothing,” he said. “I try to fail. I did not try to hurt him or anything like that. It should give me room to at least slide at the base. “

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